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How To Remove Wallpaper

So you are tired of your old wallpaper, or perhaps you just moved into a home with tacky old wallpaper and you need to get rid of it. How to remove wallpaper? It’s a question that tends to stress-out anyone who needs to tackle this task, but the answer is surprisingly simple, and the process is not as difficult as you might imagine.

Is it Strippable Wallpaper?

Many wallpapers today are the easy strippable kind, so you need to do a test to check what type is on your walls. Pry a seam up on the edge using a utility knife and tug the wallpaper down at an angle, keeping both of your hands close to the edge you are lifting. If the wallpaper peels off in long sheets and does not leave and adhesive residue, your paper is strippable and your project will be super easy. To learn how to remove wallpaper if it is not strippable… keep reading.

How to Remove Wallpaper

How to Remove Wallpaper – Photo:
Tearsxintherain / Flickr

Prepare Your Area

You will need to cover floors, furniture and anything valuable you cannot remove from the room with protective plastic drop cloths so these surfaces and items do not get damaged in this process. Shut off all circuit breakers that power the area you will be working in. Removing older wallpaper, or the types of wallpaper that requires adhesive, will take a lot of water, and it will be a very messy job.

How to Remove Wallpaper

How to Remove Wallpaper

Pull Off The Wallpaper Facing

Start near the ceiling at a corner where wallpaper tends to be looser and use a putty knife to lift up the edges of the wallpaper facing. Pull the wallpaper off the wall at an angle using slow, steady pressure. The backing will be left behind, and this is fine since in the next step you will use water to soften and remove it from the wall. The longer a wallpaper has been on a wall, the more difficult it tends to be to remove it, in cases where wallpaper is especially difficult to remove, you may need special tools like a  scoring tool or an electric steamer.

Apply Water and Fabric Softener Or A Chemical Wallpaper Stripper

In this step you may want to wear gloves to protect your hands. You will need to either use one of the commercially available spray-on wallpaper strippers, or you can use warm water and add a cap full of liquid softener per liter of water. Then take a thick sponge or paint roller and apply the solution onto the wallpaper working with water as warm as you can reasonably stand it. If you use water, let it soak for roughly 15 minutes, then scrape the paper from the wall with a putty knife, you may have to repeat this process several times to get all the residue. If you use a spray-on wallpaper stripper, follow the instructions on the bottle.

Modern Wallpaper Update by Washington

A fresh new look! Modern Wallpaper Update by Washington -Vignette_8103

Patch and Repair Any Wall Damage

After you have removed every bit of the wallpaper, and you have allowed the wall to completely dry (overnight recommended), you can begin the process of prepping the wall for fresh paint, or a new wallpaper… strippable this time! Patch up damage with joint compound and sand the rough patches smooth with a hand sander, making sure to wear a mask to protect against breathing in the dust. If you plan to apply fresh wallpaper, you can use an acrylic primer that is formulated for wallpaper application that makes removing the wallpaper much easier in the future. Now you know how to remove wallpaper!

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Removing Solid Vinyl Wallpaper


Modern Wallpaper

Olympia by Beacon House and Brewster Vignette_9149

Wallpaper has recently made a big comeback as people begin to realize just how fashion-forward it really is. There are many uses for modern wallpaper applications that do not necessarily include using it on just a wall. Designer wallpaper is now more detailed than ever with patterns that include vivid colors, metallic accents, soft or rough textures, and 3d shapes. Homeowners and designers alike are using wallpaper to do more than ever before; such as covering a headboard, creating wall art, or even adding a coordinating feature wall design to the insides of bookcases!

Contemporary Wallpaper

Brava by New Line Fabrics Vignette_8814

Using wallpaper designs is one way homeowners today are creating an environment that is essentially an extension of themselves, a personalized Zen space. Using paint alone, you could not create the visual depth a 3d wallpaper can create. Not that you want to overdo it with wallpapering every inch of every wall in your home; in most cases you would want to be able to add wallpaper as a focal point in the room. Try using your favorite pattern on an accent wall, or use wallpaper to give small spaces the illusion of more space.

Nature Wallpaper

Shand Kydd Imagination by Blue Mountain Pattern #: SK175201

One of the most popular styles currently is nature wallpaper, designers are using natural themes to bring the outdoors feeling into the home in surprisingly elegant ways. Recently designer Melissa Miranda of HGTV cleverly utilized both nature wallpaper (See Photo) and the black and white trend to give a tiny bathroom more life. Small rooms like bathrooms are the perfect place to try bold wallpaper ideas that you might be unsure of using elsewhere.

Hello Kitty Wallpaper

Brothers and Sisters 4 by York – Pattern #: BT2770

Wallpapers are great for children’s rooms as well, both boys and girls rooms can benefit from the variety of kids themed wall coverings and peel-and-stick wall decals on the market. Girls of all ages love the ever-popular Hello Kitty wallpaper; they can choose between several styles and can even help choose where the Hello Kitty peel-and-stick wall decals should go. Boys can enjoy the super hero room of their dreams with wallpaper borders and peel and stick wall decor featuring their favorite hero’s like Spiderman, Batman, and Green Lantern.

Christmas Wallpaper Ideas

Wallpaper Parkwood Velvet Pattern#: 2356D0332

Some savvy crafters are even using cheap or free wallpaper samples to use in various crafting projects. Large wallpaper samples are usually priced from $1.00 to $5.00 and can be framed as photographs, used to cover cork-boards and books, or even used to line drawers! Leftover Christmas wallpaper is even great for giving new life to those nice but very boring re-usable brown or white gift boxes.

Stay tuned for the next article… “How to remove wallpaper”.

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